I'm trying to repair a Windows Vista PC booting to a black screen with only a mouse cursor on it. I can move the cursor, but the PC doesn't respond to Ctrl+Alt+Del, Ctrl+Shift+Esc, etc. It seems to be on the verge of booting, but never gets to the login screen. I've tried the following fix actions:
- Boot into all forms of safe mode (with/without networking, command prompt)
- Boot to last known good configuration
- Boot with low video resolution
- Boot from Windows 7 installation disk (full license)
When I boot to safe mode, low vid, or command prompt I receive an "Operating System Not Found" message. So, intending to start fresh, I bought a Win7 disk and that's where things got weird. The PC does the exact same thing when I boot from the Windows 7 disk. I know that it is booting from the disk because I see the Windows 7 logo on the boot screen (the shiny blobs turning into a Windows flag rather than the green progress bar). I've checked my BIOS options and they are extremely limited, I can't really change anything except the boot device order.
I am at my wits end with this PC, can anyone provide any suggestions as to what I should try next? As many of the PC specs as I know are listed below if they are of any consequence. Any and all helpful suggestions I can get would be much appreciated, if you've ever had a mother-in-law you'll understand.
- Sony Vaio PCG-2J3L All-In-One
- Windows Vista Home Premium (again, trying to reload w/ Win 7)
- 4GB RAM
- Intel Pentium processor
UPDATE 8/8/12 The hard drive appears to be bad. Here's a recap: - Re-seating the RAM got the PC to boot from USB/Windows 7 boot disk - Hard drive is inaccessible from a SATA-to-USB adapter, will not mount from Linux, and will not complete the boot in Vista. Purchased a new hard drive and will replace.